The Knuckleheads of the day award
Today's winners are Bud Selig and Major League Baseball for the joke of a suspension they handed down against Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers. Rogers a knucklehead winner himself punched out a photographer three days ago causing the man to be hospitalized.
Why is this a joke? Because Kenny Rogers is a starting pitcher. A 20 game suspension for Rogers if done right by the Rangers(it will be) will lead to his missing three starts. Three games for putting someone in the hospital? Isn't that a joke? Tell me.
Below is part of the yahoo news article.
SEATTLE - Even with Kenny Rogers on the mound, the Texas Rangers faced the daunting task of catching the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West. Now they might be without their ace left-hander for a quarter of their remaining games.
Rogers was suspended Friday for 20 games and fined $50,000 by Major League Baseball for throwing an angry fit that sent a television cameraman to the hospital and prompted a police investigation.
The players' union filed an appeal on behalf of Rogers, and the 40-year-old left-hander can keep pitching until a hearing — expected to be held after the All-Star break. Rogers will be start Sunday against the Seattle Mariners.
The second-place Rangers (41-37) trail Los Angeles by 6 1/2 games.
"We hope the suspension is reduced," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said before Friday night's 6-2 victory over Seattle. "Hopefully, we won't have to deal with it until after the All-Star break."
In a statement, commissioner Bud Selig said: "Mr. Rogers' behavior was unprofessional, unwarranted and completely unacceptable. Major League Baseball is a social institution and all of us in the game have an important responsibility to act with reason and good judgment."
The suspension was among the most severe imposed by the commissioner's office for on-field conduct in decades. Only the 30-day penalty given Cincinnati manager Pete Rose in 1988 for pushing umpire Dave Pallone was longer.